The week of March 29, 2015

The Essays Issue, Vol. 1
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The case for leaning out

By Nico Lang

Working harder isn’t making you any happier.

Features

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What getting cancer looks like on social media

By H. Alan Scott

You never actually think getting cancer is going to happen. Until it does.

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Caught between porn and a hard place

By Miles Klee

I made a belated New Year’s resolution to quit porn.

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I’m addicted to Google news alerts

By Rachel Kramer Bussel

Sometimes 10,000 Google alerts just isn’t enough.

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The ethical catfish

By Ayako Black

We all need reminders that life can feel thrilling in the face of mundane boredom.

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Fear and longing in an AOL chatroom

By Marisa Kabas

My earliest relationships all started online.

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Thank you, Internet, for giving me a vagina

By Samantha Allen

Crowdfunding covered what my health insurance company wouldn’t.

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The trouble with mastering English on the Internet

By S.E. Smith

The Internet can be a cruel place if you don’t know its language.